Dakar: Gauloises Racing rest day Siwa report

Rest day at Siwa. Who could dream of a more beautiful place for a rest day than at the magnificient, thousand year-old city of Siwa. An oasis paradise in the western desert, Siwa is 600 kilometres from Cairo, southwest of the port town of...

Rest day at Siwa.

Who could dream of a more beautiful place for a rest day than at the magnificient, thousand year-old city of Siwa. An oasis paradise in the western desert, Siwa is 600 kilometres from Cairo, southwest of the port town of Marsa al-Mathruh and only about 25 Km from the libyan border.

It was known in olden times for the oracle of Ammon, who Alexander the Great came to consult. It is Egypt's most secret oasis. There are 1600 water sources there, hills the colour of gold, date palms and expanses of olive trees. This oasis, far from being an island lost in the desert, is linked to the big cities by major routes that have probably been used since the most ancient of times.

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